• Inclusion - involving all learners and treating them equally and fairly, without directly or indirectly excluding anybody
• Equality - the enjoyment of equal rights by all, each individual being regarded as of the same importance and receiving the same treatment.
• Diversity - valuing the individual differences in people, whether that relates to gender, race, age, disability, sexual orientation or any other characteristics that they may have.
During the course of this essay I am going to look at how i can promote inclusion, equality and diversity with my learners and identify other points of referral to meet their needs. I intend to consider my learners’ differing levels of ability, accessibility, their learning goals, different learning styles, their barriers to learning, as well as resources and support that are available to help learners achieve their potential.
It is perhaps appropriate to first define the terms ‘inclusion, equality and diversity’. According to Gravells, inclusivity is, “involving all learners in relevant activities rather than excluding them for any reason either directly or indirectly” . She defines equality as, “ …the rights of learners to attend and participate, regardless of their gender, race, ethnic origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation and age”. Gravells defines diversity as, “…valuing the differences in people, whether that relates to gender, race, age, disability or any other individual characteristics they may have”.
(Gravells, A., 2008, pg. 18). The Government defined inclusion in 2001 as
“… a process by which schools, local education authorities and others develop their cultures, policies and practices to include pupils” (Source: http://www.csie.org.uI have found that in order to promote an ethos of